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Sightings of Butterflies in Suffolk - 2015

The Branch is always grateful for butterfly records and a recording form can be downloaded from the conservation section of this website.  We would be particularly grateful for records away from the coast and information on the following species: Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, White Letter Hairstreak, Silver-studded Blue, Wall Brown, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Grayling and Small Heath.

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We are always interested in sightings of any butterflies in any location in Suffolk.
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Please include the date, how many of each butterfly species seen, location with an ordnance survey grid reference if possible, and your name (if you want to).
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Regular recorders are urged to use this sightings page to inform others of interesting sightings, but please do continue to send all your records to the county recorder at the end of the season as usual.

Return completed form by November to 26 Thomas Crescent, Kesgrave, Ipswich IP5 2HN or to
 

Date  Butterflies seen (and other relevant information).  First Sighting of Year in Bold or Bold for rarer species
For a summary of First Sightings see the Suffolk Butterflies Page - click here
Location Grid Reference Click for OS Map then click Leisure Name
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May        
         
         
26 May 3 Green Hairstreaks also I think it was a Common Blue, I've not id it yet ! (photos click here) Purdis Heath    
26 May Two Wall Browns plus one Peacock   (first sighting from East Lane) East Lane, Bawdsey TM3540 Gary & Jenny Plank
25 May Small Heath East Lane, Lower Ufford   Rab King
25 May Wall Brown (photo click here) Carlton Marshes   Robert Quadling
24 May An evening walk around part of the Denston estate produced Orange tip 1, Green-veined white 2, Small white 3, Speckled wood 4, Peacock 1     Mark Ferris
23 May A nice surprise while at work was a Clouded Yellow, which just kept going as it passed me with its distinctive, and hurried flight pattern.  Also Red Admiral, Large white, and Small White. Denston   Mark Ferris
22 May 1 Brimstone, 1 Holly Blue, 2 Speckled Woods and 3 Small Whites. Dobbs/Kesgrave Wood TM2345 Jenny Plank
21 May We had 3 Small Copper with one of them had a odd hindwing (photo click here). 2 Peacock, 4 large White, 2 Holly Blue, 2 Orange-tip and 3 White Spp.    Chantry Park TM 135 438 Matthew Garnham
21 May A late morning walk today at Carlton Marsh reserve.  I was rewarded with 2 Wall Browns, 2 painted Lady, 3 Orange Tip (female), 2 Red Admirals  good numbers of Peacocks, Green-veined White and Large and Small Whites.  Most were seen along the river wall. (photos click here) Carlton Marsh TM 4992, Bill Whybrow.
20 May During a brief visit to North Cove Nature Reserve, in between showers, I found a perfect male Wall. North Cove   Jen Saunders
19 May Painted Lady Theberton    Andrew Leng
19 May A walk from Butley Corner car park between the showers this morning produced just a Small White and a Small Heath   Daisy's Walk  (TM3550) Gary & Jenny Plank
17 May Three Green Hairstreaks seen and identified in Burstall today.  Two were netted to make sure of ID.  We have had them  here before and are delighted to see them again.  There is plenty of Dogwood and Buckthorn available for them but they were busy on the Sycamore tree. Burstall   Ann and Tony Burchnall
17 May My 1st Common Blue of 2015 & Brown Silver-line moth in the dunes today Minsmere   Charles Cuthbert
17 May Clouded Yellow this morning (Photo click here) Landguard   Barry Woodhouse
17 May Common Blue 1, Brown Argus 2, Small Copper 7, Peacock 1, Large White 4, Cinnabar Moth 10.  Most of the meadow hasn't recovered from its drastic mowing last summer.  Most butterflies observed in a small rough area by the car park. Lound Lakes TG513004 David and Lilian Pitt
17 May 7 Green Hairstreaks, 3 Small Copper, 5 Common Blue males, 1 Small Heath & 1 Cinnabar moth Sizewell beach TM4763 Jen Saunders
16 May 9 Green Hairstreaks in front of power station Sizewell beach TM4763 Jen Saunders
16 May Green Hairstreak 2, Speckled Wood 8, Orange Tip 1, Large White1, Peacock 1 on the common. (Photo click here) Aldringham Walks TM455607
David and Lilian Pitt
15 May Wall Brown - I have seen two past week.  One was on the Castle Marshes,Nr Beccles,the 2nd was on the Hardley Flood footpath Loddon.  I will be aware of this species in future, it seems good year up to now ,with many Peacock, and Orange Tip about.  The photos attached (click here) are of the one seen at Castle Marshes.  there are a good number of Orange Tips (photo click here) ,& peacocks along the Waveney Beccles to  Oulton Broad,  plus to lesser degree Tortoiseshell, and the odd Holly Blue and Brimstone Castle Marshes   Loddon   Alan Fisher
15 May Martlesham Heath (by control tower): Orange Tip (Male/Female), Small Copper, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue Martlesham Heath   Kevin Ling
15 May Belstead Meadows; First Orange Tip Larvae are hatching. 1st instar (photo click here) Belstead Meadows;   Kevin Ling
15 May Cinnabar moth in garden     Debbie Ferrer
13 May Male Orange-tip and Holly Blue in our garden today,   TM230452 Gary and Jenny Plank
13 May I saw a Dingy Skipper this morning at about 10 a.m. in the woods.  Fortunately, a cloud obscured the sun for a few minutes and it sat still long enough for a photograph (click here) North Stow TL834732 Martin Rogers
13 May 1 Green Hairstreak, 1 Painted Lady (this and the previous two sightings are the first GH to be reported to Sightings since 15 Apr) Landguard Observatory TM288325 Will Brame
13 May 2 Green Hairstreaks Felixstowe Ferry TM327373 Will Brame
13 May Brimstone 4 male 1 female, Large White, Green-veined White 3, Speckled Wood, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock (rescued from spider's web), Green Hairstreak 2.  Also these very small moths with very long antennae flying at the tops of trees (photos here), Adela reaumurella I think.  Several Nightingales singing but no Cuckoo or Turtle Dove that I have heard at this time of year before. Alton Water   Richard Perryman
12 May Two Small Heath butterflies seen this morning near car park, resting on heather Westleton Heath TM465700 Geraldine Smith
11 May 4 Green Hairstreaks on the dunes Minsmere TM478664 Jen Saunders
11 May 3 Painted Ladies seen at Sizewell beach today - a fresh influx? Sizewell TM476645 Charles Cuthbert
11 May At least 4 Painted Ladys around today Landguard Observatory TM284318 Will Brame
11 May 1 Common Blue Landguard Observatory TM284318 Will Brame
10 May Good numbers of Orange Tip (15+) inc 3 females. Also 20+ eggs discovered on Garlic Mustard.  Also seen were Brimstone (4), Holly Blue (4), Peacock (3), Speckled Wood, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Green Veined White, Large White Belstead Meadows TM132419 Kevin Ling
10 May 1 Green-veined White, I Female Brimstone, I Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Small Copper Purdis TM212428 Julian Dowding
10 May Today in our garden: 4 Holly Blues, 1 ovipositing female Brimstone, 1 Speckled Wood , 1 Small White and 1 Red Admiral Ipswich TM188427 Julian Dowding
9 May 2 Holly blue out in the sun at 13.50hrs in garden Melton TM284509 Steve Fryett
8 May Brown Argus 3, Small Heath 1, Small Copper 30, Peacock 15, Green-veined White 2 and a Broad-bordered Bee Hawk-moth seen this morning. (Photos click here) MInsmere TM469672 David and Lilian Pitt
8 May Holly Blue, Orange-tip (male and female) in garden SW Ipswich TM134428 Richard Perryman
7 May One Painted Lady and two Orange Tips.  Bucklesham TM243420 Chris Baines
4 May One Small Heath seen this morning on the coastal footpath near to RSPB Hollesley Marsh also 10 Peacocks in the same area.  Hollesley   Margie & David Carter
4 May At Captain’s Wood, Sudbourne today we saw 1 Comma, 2 Speckled Wood, 6 Peacocks and good numbers of assorted Whites Captain's Wood TM421531 Gary & Jenny Plank
4 May Later in our Kesgrave garden a brief visit from a Holly Blue.   Kesgrave TM230452 Gary & Jenny Plank
4 May Butterflies in Sudbury cemetery today were as follows:- Brimstone (female), Large White, Small White, Green-veined White (4), Orange Tip (male), Holly Blue (3 males), Red Admiral. Sudbury 880415 Martin Peers
2 May Small Copper Large & Green Veined White Peacock Wherstaed Woods   Kev Ling
2 May Plenty of Small Copper today Lackford Lakes   SWT Lackford Lakes
2 May SWT Carlton Marshes seen ,1 Small White ,12 Peacock, 4 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Orange Tip Carlton Marshes   Robert Quadling
         
April        
28 Apr Sunny morning but biting wind. Saw 2 Small Copper, 1 Green Veined White, 1 Orange Tip, 3 Peacocks. Minsmere   David and Lilian Pitt
25 Apr White Admiral larvae starting to hatch in Wherstead area. (Photo click here) Wherstead   Kev Ling
25 Apr Sightings from SBBC event - Species seen during the new member and novice recorder event at Barnhamcross Common - Brimstone, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-tip, Holly Blue, Small Copper, Speckled Wood, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock.   TL8681 Bill Stone
25 Apr Saw my first Speckled Wood in the garden today Sudbury TL8841 Martin Peers
23 Apr 2 Brimstones, 3 Orange Tips, 10+ Peacocks, 1 Red Admiral, 10+ Small Tortoishells, lots of whites, Holly Blue, and 5 Commas River Gipping   Robert Brown
23 Apr While walking in the North Stow area:- Brimstone 3 (2 m.); Large White, Small White, Green-veined White 2, Orange Tip c30 (mostly males), Small Tortoiseshell 3, Peacock 12, Comma 1. KIngs Forest TL825755 Martin Peers
23 Apr First Speckled Wood in our Kesgrave garden today Kesgrave TM230452 Jenny Plank
23 Apr 1 Speckled Wood, 2 Large Whites and a Peacock in my garden Lowestoft TM525909 Bill Whybrow
21 Apr Scarce Tortoiseshell - see 18 Apr      
21 Apr Male Brimstone by entrance to Dobbs/Kesgrave Wood.    Kesgrave TM2345 Gary Plank
21 Apr I saw my first Holly Blue (a male) of the year near Friar's meadow, Sudbury TL8741 Martin Peers
20 Apr Brimstone, 4 Peacocks, 2 Small Tortoiseshells, Orangetip at Bobbits Lane/Springwood Ipswich TM 14782 41442 John Hanley
20 Apr - also saw a small Blue Butterfly on the wing, 10 yds away, size 15-20mm ? unable to identify, presumably a Holly Blue Ipswich TM 15849 46737 John Hanley
20 Apr Friar's meadow:- Brimstone (1), Small White (2), Green-veined White (2), Orange Tip (male), Peacock (1). Sudbury   Martin Peers
20 Apr A short lunch time walk around the pond in Christchurch Park resulted in single examples of:   Orange Tip, Large White, Green Veined White, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell Ipswich   Kev Ling
19 Apr Orange Tip     Kerry Reeve
18 Apr A Scarce Tortoiseshell was seen by Debbie Broom and Nigel Cuming, also Dave Thurlow the Site Warden at RSPB North Warren, along the Railway Track at Aldeburgh – early afternoon around 2.30 pm. by the pool with the Pampas grass where it was seen on the 15th April.   Also reliably reported by somebody else on the 21st April along the Railway Track approximately parallel to Haven House. Aldeburgh   Debbie Broom
15 Apr Scarce Tortoiseshells - It was I along with Robert Turner who saw the Scarce Tortoiseshells at North Warren and reported them to Rare Bird Alert.  They were on the old railway track along the stretch between about level with the end large white house on the coast and the observation hide overlooking the north marsh.  There are sallows along this stretch.  The sighting furthest south was level with the pool with the Pampas grass on the west side of the track.  There were numerous Peacocks along the track with most sitting on the track then at one point I noticed a tortoiseshell sitting on the track ahead with its wings closed and we could see it looked larger than a Small Tortoiseshell with less contrast in the markings on the underside of the wings.  When it opened its wings a little at times the orange on the upperwing was less bright than a Small tortoisehell and the markings were similar to either a Large or Scarce Tortoiseshell.  Realising we needed to see the leg colour we managed to get a view through binoculars of the butterfly head on and could see the forelegs were straw coloured.  It flew up a few times, often when another butterfly flew by, but returned to the track within a few yards of where it had been even after flying a bit of a way along the track.  I thought its hindwing looked slightly ragged at the time.  Further south along the path there was another tortoiseshell with the same behaviour and we assumed it was the same individual and saw the straw coloured forelegs again.  When it opened its wings it looked in excellent condition with no obvious wear and I thought perhaps I had been mistaken thinking it had looked a bit ragged.  Further on again we saw a similar Scarce tortoiseshell (straw coloured forelegs again) with the same behaviour and manner of flight but this one was quite tatty so we realised there were at least two individuals.  Beyond here where the pines are we saw 2 Small Tortoiseshells near some nettles and it was very useful to have the comparison within five minutes, with the Small Tortoiseshells looking obviously smaller than Peacocks when they flew up together and they had a more fluttering quality to their flight than the stronger more direct flight of the Scarce Tortoiseshells, which at times in flight looked quite like a Peacock but when close enough with the angle of light right showed a generally dark orange colour instead of purple.  These observations were made between about 2.15 and 3.00pm.  Other butterflies seen along here were, besides the numerous Peacocks and 2 Small tortoiseshells already mentioned, 1 Comma, a female Orange tip, a Speckled wood, and a male Brimstone (flying alongside one of the Scarce tortoiseshells at one time).  My camera was in my car over a mile away and when I returned with it at about 4pm there were only 3 or 4 Peacocks still out along the track with more shadow across the path.  It was still sunny but less warm by then.  I should think there will be further sightings of the butterflies in the next few days if the sun shines, even if it is much less warm than today was, so I hope others can confirm how many there are and manage to take some photos of them.  Aldeburgh   George Brown
15 Apr Peacock 40+, Brimstone 4, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Large White 3, Green-veined White 4 Alton Water   Richard Perryman
15 Apr Visited Aspal Close nature reserve west around mid-day 15th. April (Temp 21 degrees C)  Initially quite disappointing for butterflies until I came across a patch of Red Dead Nettles where there were plenty of the usual Small Tortoiseshells, Whites, Commas and Brimstones, plus one quite fresh looking Painted Lady.  Then two Green Hairstreaks flying around the Gorse bushes followed by two Holly Blues. Beck Row, Mildenhall TL 98774 Mervyn Crawford
15 Apr Orange Tip - First one today - my earliest ever! Eye   Mark Smith
14 Apr 1 male Brimstone in my garden also an Orange-tip & a Small White St Margaret South Elmham TM316837 Jen Saunders
14 Apr Orange-Tip Sudbury   Martin Peers
14 Apr Walked the 'Yellow Brick Road' pedestrian footpath from Willie Snaith Road to Exeter Road in search of orange tips (seen here in previous years).  Unfortunately none were seen but spotted the following:  7 Small Tortoiseshell 5 Comma 5 Peacock 4 Small White (two mating) 3 Brimstone (all male)   TL 636 648 Harriet Horsham
14 Apr Mervyn Crawford mentioned the shortage of good nectar plants on the 7th April.  The ground Ivy seems to be a good early source and very popular in the garden and field at this time of yeart.  Full of bees and butterflies are also using it too.(Photo here)  It can make a nice carpet of blue.  In the sheltered  garden we have Brimstone, Orange tip male and female , Peacocks, Comma and Tortoiseshell.  No point counting as I am sure some are patrolling round and round.  Though we do have two Peacocks getting friendly (photo here     Andrew Leng
14 Apr Butterfly sightings , 2 Peacock , 2 Small Tortoiseshell , at Ellough Industral Estate  12.45pm today Beccles   Robert Quadling
14 Apr Butterfly sightings ,3 Brimstone, 1 Large White, at Ellough Industral Estate  12.55 pm today Beccles   Robert Quadling
14 Apr Brimstone at Rookery Close, Oulton Broad TM525922 Jane Ferguson
14 Apr At approx 10.00am we saw a Speckled Wood on the Melford Walk.  At about 10.30am a Holly Blue was in Hall Street, Long Melford close to the Chadbrook Bridge.  There was also an all white butterfly flying past which we could not identify, possibly a female Orange Tip. Long Melford   Richard Michette
13 Apr 1 Brimstone, 2 peacocks and 1 Large White in my garden today. Lowestoft TM525909 Bill Whybrow
13 Apr Brimstone SW Ipswich   Richard Perryman
13 Apr Green Veined White Belstead Brook   Kev Ling
12 Apr A walk from Hemley Church to Kirton Creek produced one Comma, 2 Small Tortoiseshells and 6 Peacocks.  Unfortunately, although the notice pinned to the signpost states that the work was to be finished by this weekend the seawall path is still very difficult with the barriers still in place to be negotiated. Hemley TM285425 Gary & Jenny Plank
11 Apr Bobbitts Lane - Single comma, Peacock & Red Admiral Ipswich   Kev Ling
10 Apr Alderman Road Nature Reserve: 6 Small Tortoiseshell 3 Peacock 1 Brimstone Ipswich   Kev Ling
10 Apr 4 green veined whites, 2 small whites, 3 peacocks, 2 tortoiseshells. Landguard, Felixstowe   Robert Brown
9 Apr I saw a holly blue on the Spring Road allotment (the left hand side one going into Ipswich) yesterday. This was the first I’ve seen this year. Ipswich   Mark Arbon
9 Apr 6 Brimstone, 10 Peacock, 2 Red Admiral, 2 Green-veined White Lackford Lakes   Robert Quadling
9 Apr I rescued a Speckled Wood from the pond today, I think this is the earliest I have seen one. Thurston TL9365 Trevor Goodfellow
9 Apr Peacock SW Ipswich   Pippa Hall
9 Apr Peacock 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Comma 1, Orange Tip 1 male 1 female, Small White 1 Chantry Paek Ipswich   Richard Perryman
9 Apr I saw a butterfly in my neighbours garden with all over dark wings but with the outer edge all round being white/yellow!  It didn't sit still long enough for a photo.  The only butterfly I could find in my book was a Camberwell Beauty, could this be a possibility this early in the year?  They have been seen in April in England either overwintered or early migrant Sutton Heath   Gary Coppard
9 Apr Comma in Kesgrave Wood and Small Tortoiseshell in the car park. Kesgrave TM235450 Gary Plank
8 Apr Brimstone at Britannia Primary School on Britannia Road, Ipswich Ipswich   Mark Arbon
9 Apr River Gipping, Needham Market area, 12 peacocks, 10 small tortoiseshells, 3 brimstones (2 male, 1 female) Needham Market   Robert Brown
8 Apr I'm a bit late getting this record to you, but on the 8th I managed to photograph (click here) an unusual aberration of a male Small Tortoiseshell.  The pair were courting. Friar's Meadow, Sudbury   Sam Chamberlin
8 Apr 2 Commas, 2 Small Tortoiseshells and 1 Peacock today Lowestoft TM525909 Bill Whybrow
8 Apr Small White 1; Small Tortoiseshell 22; Peacock 7 Friar's Meadow, Sudbury   Martin Peers
8 Apr Peacock flying in our garden  this afternoon. Kesgrave TM230452 Jenny Plank
7 Apr Melford Walk - Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock and at least twelve Brimstone ( which we reported to the Brimstone and Buckthorn project.  We are now seeing Brimstones and Tortoiseshells regularly in the area Long Melford   Richard Michette
7 Apr Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock and a Small White Lowestoft TM525909 Bill Whybrow
7 Apr Sighting of Brimstone passing through our garden Trimley St. Mary   Aaron Parker
7 Apr Today on Dunwich Heath  7 Small Tortoiseshell and 7 Peacock Dunwich Heath   Robert Quadling
7 Apr Our first Brimstone of the year in our Brettenham garden today also 1 Peacock and 1 Small Tortoiseshell. Brettenham   Margie & David Carter
7 Apr Sightings today at Ipswich Golf course: Peacock 15, Small tortoiseshell 5, Comma 3, Brimstone (male), Green-veined White and Small Copper.  Good numbers of butterflies for the first time this year at this site. Ipswich Golf Course   Neil Sherman
7 Apr Two male Small Tortoiseshells fighting in our front garden at Noon today. Kesgrave TM230452 Gary Plank
7 Apr Several species in our one-acre garden, still devoid of good nectar sources.  Three hibernating Vanessid species (no Red Admiral) were seen, with four Small Tortoiseshells on two or three occasions performing their spiralling courtship flight.  A male Brimstone was seen several times, probably the same insect.  At 12.00 noon my first male Orange Tip appeared (two and a half weeks later than last years ‘first’), soon followed by my first female Holly Blue egg-laying once more and for several minutes on the terminal buds of Lonicera Fragrantissima, never a recognised food-plant.  Later two Speckled Woods put in an appearance together, but I have yet to see my first ‘White’. Mildenhall TL707757 Mervyn Crawford
7 Apr 6 Brimstone, 8 Peacock, 6 Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Comma, 2 Large White and 1 Small White Hollywells Park Ipswich   Rab King
7 Apr Brimstone Bobbits Lane,  pswich TM 14545 41529 John Hanley
6 Apr Brimstone Clive Avenue pswich TM 15820 46738 John Hanley
6 Apr Brimstone Valley Road pswich TM 15633 45769 John Hanley
5 Apr 1 Small White, 1 Large White, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Peacock, 1 Comma at Peewit Hill Felixstowe TM289338 Mark Ferris
5 Apr I would like to report the sighting of two Comma’s seen today at Bawdsey Ferry Car Park, (photo here) Bawdsey Ferry   Robert Brown
2 Apr Scarce Tortoiseshell seen briefly on track opposite Macdonalds Peewit Hill  @3pm Felixstowe TM289338 Adrian Rich
         
March        
27 Mar Peewit Hill Felixstowe  Scarce Tortoiseshell (Photos click here)   TM289338 Will Brame
26 Mar Looking out of my front room window at 5.20pm today, I spotted a Small White roosting on garden Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve'. A surprise find as this is the earliest sighting of the species on the heath by me in 14 years of recording here.  There must have been warmer Springs during this time! Martlesham Heath TM2344 Steve Goddard
25 Mar Two Small Tortoiseshell seen from the riverside path at Walberswick harbour Walberswick   David & Margie Carter
20 Mar Two Small Tortoiseshells seen flying together in our front garden this afternoon.   TM230452 Jenny Plank
13 Mar Small Tortoiseshell this afternoon at Bucklesham Churchyard. Bucklesham   Robert Brown
10 Mar I had a Comma and a Peacock in my garden yesterday. Lowestoft TM522909 Bill Whybrow
10 Mar Saw a Speckled Wood today, at Landseer Park Ipswich, along with Commas, Peacocks and Small Tortoiseshells.  The Speckled Wood is the earliest Suffolk sighting by two weeks. Landseer Park   David Dowding
10 Mar 7 (Seven) Small Tortoiseshell on Eryssimum 'Bowle's Mauve' in our garden this afternoon. Martlesham Heath   Steve Goddard
10 Mar Single sightings of both Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell from the coastal footpath Shingle Street   Margie & David Carter
9 Mar Small Tortoiseshell - flying across the market place Bury St Edmunds   Rob Parker
8 Mar 2 Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock Bawdsey   Laurence Potter
8 Mar Peacock -  along the road from Barningham to Coney Weston at around 11.00hrs Barningham TL9577 John Light
8 Mar Peacock - in my Barningham garden at aound 12:00hrs and 15C in the shade Barningham TL9577 John Light
8 Mar The morning of Sunday 8th March was just as bright and warm as the forecast had promised.  I saw my first butterfly of 2015 in my Bury St Edmunds garden at 11am with a temperature of 17C; unseasonably warm for early March.  It was a Peacock, and it took a moment to dawn on me that it was probably the one that had spent the winter hibernating in our garage.  A quick check confirmed that it was no longer in the garage, where I had seen it just 48 hours earlier.  This was the very same insect that featured on p.10 of the Spring issue of Suffolk Argus. Bury St Edmunds   Rob Parker
8 Mar Brimstone Holywells Park   Susan Sidle
8 Mar Small Tortoiseshell at Rushmere Road Ipswich TM183452 Julie Harrison
8 Mar Brimstone at Holywells Park Ipswich   Julie Harrison
8 Mar A walk in Wherstead Wood today looking for White Admiral hibernaculum.  A couple were located.  Also seen on the edge of the wood were two Small Tortoiseshell and a Peacock. Wherstead Wood   Kev Ling
8 Mar Midday sighting of a brimstone towards the bottom of Hervey Street Ipswich   Mark Arbon
8 Mar Brimstone Rendham   M J Deans
7 Mar Brimstone Rendham   M J Deans
7 Mar Brimstone Wickham Market TM302563 Kerry Reeve
7 Mar Peacock butterfly - sunning itself on a garden wall near Halesworth. = Halesworth   Tony Hopkins
7 Mar 4 Small Tortoiseshells Purdis Heath   Julian Dowding
7 Mar 2 Brimstone & 1 Small Tortoiseshell in sun-traps sheltered from the wind which got colder and stronger by mid-afternoon. North End Exning TL6066 Twm Wade
7 Mar Small Tortoiseshell on cowpasture allotments, sunning   TM298359 Brian Ranner
7 Mar Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell x 2 Corton Woods   Jane Ferguson
7 Mar 2 Red Admirals NE Ipswich   Lynne Hall
7 Mar Small Tortoiseshell SW Ipswich   Richard Perryman
7 Mar Saw our 1st Brimstone today (male) in our garden in Wortham near Diss. Wortham   Susan Sidle
6 Mar Small Tortoiseshell on Virburnham at Rushmere Road Ipswich TM183452 Julie Harrison
6 Mar I also saw a small tortoiseshell at Center Parcs today Center Parcs   Graham Hersey
6 Mar We had a Small Tortoiseshell in our garden today   TL881413 Martin Peers
6 Mar
We had a male Brimstone fluttering around the ivy in the garden today
    Julian Dowding
5 Mar Saw Small White at Martlesham Martlesham   Gi Grieco
4 Mar Red admiral nectaring on daphne and tree sap this afternoon in our garden, two miles north of Halesworth.  Perfect condition. Halesworth   Tony Hopkins
         
February        
27 Feb Small Tortoiseshell Aldeburgh   Bill Stone
18 Feb Red Admiral seen in garden late morning Waldringfield   Peter Maddison
18 Feb I saw a Red Admiral this afternoon off Trafalgar Close Ipswich   Dave Basham
17 Feb I would like to report seeing a Red Admiral  on Virburnum Tinus at Rushmere Road Ipswich TM 183 452 Julie Harrison
17 Feb 2 Red Admirals at Purdis Heath today, one morning, the other afternoon. Neil had a Comma last week. Purdis Heath   Julian Dowding
15 Feb Red admiral home garden, sunning and on sarcococca flowers   TM302346 Brian Ranner
15 Feb Peacock settled in plants on saltings Orwell Shore TM200399 Brian Ranner
15 Feb A Peacock butterfly was flying over the rough grass area at 13.20hrs. It seemed to disappear into a group of broom. Alton Water TM1536 John Glazebrook
13 Feb Red Admiral in back garden Bredfield Road Woodbridge Woodbridge   Laurence Potter
         
January        
27 Jan I had a Small Tortoiseshell in my garden this afternoon. Lowestoft TM522909 Bill Whybrow.
14 Jan Red Admiral flying in Elmswell IP30, 4 degrees but sunny   1:49 pm Elmswell   Peter Rutt
9 Jan Amazed to see a strongly coloured Red Admiral in my small garden at lunch time today.  Landed on my washing near an ivy covered fence.  Fluttered around for ages.  I live on Suffolk/Norfolk border about 6 miles inland. Worlingham   Helen Smith
2 Jan I would like to report the sighting of one Red Admiral  (photo click here) Bawdsey   Robert Brown
2 Jan We saw a Red Admiral near the boathouse at Holbrook Creek flying round an ivy hedge in the sunshine. Holbrook Creek   David & Margie Carter
         

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Photographs from 2015 Sightings  (all pictures are the copyright of their owners)



Red Admiral - Photo by Robert Brown


Scarce Tortoiseshell - Photo by Will Brame

Scarce Tortoiseshell - Photo by Will Brame

Comma - Photo by Robert Brown

Small Tortoiseshell abberation - Photo by Sam Chamberlin

Brimstone and Peacock on Ground Ivy - photo by Andrew Leng

Peacocks - Photo by Andrew Leng

White Admiral Larva - photo by Kev Ling

White Admiral Larva - photo by Kev Ling

Broad-bordered Bee Hawkmoth - Photo by David and Lilian Pitt

Brown Argus - Photo by David and Lilian Pitt

Small Coppers - Photo by David and Lilian Pitt

Small Heath - Photo by David and Lilian Pitt

Dingy Skipper - photo by Martin Rogers


Adela reaumurella - photo by Richard Perryman

Adela reaumurella - photo by Richard Perryman

Orange-tip larva - photo by Kevin Ling

Green Hairstreak - photo by David Pitt

Wall - photo by Alan Fisher

Wall - photo by Alan Fisher

Clouded Yellow - photo by Barry Woodhouse

Orange-tips - photo bt Alan Fisher

Wall - photo by Bill Whybrow

Orange-tip - photo by Bill Whybrow

Small Copper abberation - photo by Matthew Garnham

Wall - photo by Robert Quadling

Wall - photo by Robert Quadling

Green Hairstreak - photo by Rab King

Common Blue - photo by Rab King
 
     
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